Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) program

Cerebral palsy (CP) affects 1 in 500 children in North America. One of the most common symptoms of CP is high muscle tone that causes stiffness (also known as spasticity), which can affect movement and cause pain. Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery can help some children with CP have reduced spasticity in their leg muscles.

The SDR Program includes an assessment clinic, surgery and post-operative rehabilitation. The SDR Program is a joint three-year collaboration between Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Who is eligible for the program?

How can my child get a referral to the program?

What can families expect in the program?

SDR Program Referral

Physician referral form

SDR intake screening form (please complete with the referral)

Contact for families

Nancy Campbell
Registered Practical Nurse
416-425-6220 ext. 3210.

Contact for CTCs

Julie Chiba Branson
Operations Manager
416-425-6220 ext. 6494.